Friends & Supporters

Friends & Supporters

If you are interested in being a SPONSOR of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop, please contact Steve Eisen, CEO, at 661-444-0853.

Click here for details about the levels of sponsor ship available, from Bronze ($250) to Heritage ($2500).

Each level provides special rewards such as:

  • VIP tables at special BJW events;
  • BJW scholarship donation in sponsor’s name;
  • Recognition on promotional materials;
  • Recognition at special events;
  • Meet/greet/photos with featured artist at special event concerts;
  • Tax deduction for non-profit support.

A special “Thank You!”

BJW would like to thank Dr. Doug Davis, Nile Bar & Grill, Le Corusse Rouge, all of the musicians, students, parents, listeners, music educators, volunteers, and sponsors for their support, participation, talent and hard work given to the workshop.


Testimonials from friends of the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop:

  • Bill Andrews, who recently moved from Bakersfield to North Carolina: “I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement that has allowed me to become so much more confident with my playing. The Bakersfield Jazz Workshop has been a special blessing to me in so many ways. I hope to continue this pursuit in California. I wish you every success in the world and pray that you will be continuously blessed for the outpouring of your heart each week with youngsters who seek to grow in their musical experience. I am grateful I had the opportunity to share musical time with you and all the wonderful people in the workshop.”
  • Response from Steve Eisen, BJW: “Bill has been such a blessing to our organization.His dedication to volunteer and help us out in any situation has meant so much to us. Bill Andrews is truly a great man who walks the walk of unselfishness. On behalf of the BJW, we will miss you and wish you a wonderful time in N.C. Please stay in touch and keep playing that Harmonica. God Bless.”



Lary Totten

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime BJW supporter and BJW Officer, Lary Totten. Lary worked tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes, to make the BJW the success that it is. Lary was a pianist with a love of jazz—however, his greatest joy came from helping to encourage and inspire student musicians and vocalists of all ages and ability levels, to get up and play jazz. In his own words, “If I can do it, anyone can.”

Our community will miss him.

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